Wow! Did my weekend ever go by quickly. It always seems to, but this weekend, unfortunately, it was largely eaten up by chores. I didn’t have much time for anything but that. Luckily, I thought ahead last week and bought myself a little toy to play with over the weekend. It made quick work of a couple of jewelry projects.
I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I would be re-making some of my malas. Some of the tassels I used on the my earlier ones turned out to be less than sturdy. I wanted to remake them with better tassels, and perhaps with knotted cord rather than jewelry wire.
Well, I have been doing just that, but I have found a couple of them have been reincarnated into a new form, rather than reliving their old life. Seems they have evolved.
I have also made a couple new ones, developed a new technique that I am liking much better, and I even got a new friend for my dojo.
I had a very busy week at work this week, but thankfully, it didn’t press into my evenings or weekend too much, so I was able to get a couple of things done that I have been itching to.
On weeknights I have been finding it relaxing to string beads. I don’t often have much leisure time on these nights, but just an hour or two seems enough to wind me down. Since my nieces loved their malas so much, I decided to make them another for Christmas, in their favorite colors.
I think the big news of the week, however, was YELLOW JACKETS! Continue reading “ReVisits, Remakes & Recents”
This last weekend I made another lard soap. I am getting the hang of the recipe formulation, I think, but am finding that it does take MUCH longer to be able to unmold the soap than my normal palm-free, butter-based recipes do. Still, I can’t wait for the cure to complete so I can try out these new soaps and see if I prefer them over the butter-based ones.
Apparently, I have lost my swirl mojo. The last few batches I have made haven’t produced the lovely, fluid, gorgeous swirls that some of my previous soaps have achieved. I find this lard batter a little thicker and faster to “gunk up” than my other recipe, so this might be part of issue I am having. I guess I have a little more tweaking to do with my recipe to get it “just right” yet. Continue reading “I’ve Lost my MoJo!”
When I went up north last weekend to visit my family, one of the malas I had made with a store-bought tassel had an issue — the tassel came apart after only 2 hours. Now, my niece was fidgeting with it quite a bit, but I also do that and mine haven’t come apart yet. However hers did. So I guess just because they were store-bought tassels, doesn’t make them superior tassels. Therefore, I decided to just try to make my own tassels and see what happens.
So these two malas are for me, for testing purposes. I am not a master tassel maker (yet), so they are not great, but I am testing durability, not necessarily beauty. Continue reading “New Experimental Malas”
Vacation is over after today, sadly, but I did get a lot of rest and relaxation in — in the form of soap-making (which for me is R&R).
I had mixed success because I was trying new recipes, incorporating lard. I didn’t have any “total” failures, but I did have a batch stick to the mold, and a couple others that thickened quickly, so the swirls weren’t as nice as I would have hoped. Still, I think the soaps turned out “interesting” enough, and will likely be very good, solid bars. They are going to be Christmas gifts for my family and friends.
Besides the soap, I also got a couple refill batches of lotion made (my Biotone Massage Lotion clone and my nighttime lavender & benzoin lotion). And, I also made herb infused oils, Melissa lip balm and Lemongrass Pain Relief Balm. So even though I started out without any plans, I managed to fill my days productively.
After all that shopping yesterday, I am wiped out! Luckily it isn’t very hard (nor does it take too much energy) to make soap!
Today, for my final two vacation soaps, I gave the lard another try. I made two batches with the same recipe (just slight modifications to it for each). Continue reading “Final Two Vacation Soaps”